The Commission proposes new rules to improve application of workers' rights to free movement

The European Commission proposed new measures to ensure the better application of EU law on people's right to work in another Member State and so make it easier for people to exercise their rights in practice. The lack of awareness or understanding of the free movement rules is a major source of discrimination based on nationality, according to the Commission.

The new proposal of the European Commission in order to improve application of workers' rights to free movement, has as main aim to overcome the obstacles and to help to prevent discrimination against workers on the basis of nationality by proposing practical solutions. 48% of European citizens considers the right to free movement in the EU as the most important citizens’ right, according to survey's results published in August 2011.

If the proposal is finally adopted by the European Parliament and Council, member states would be required to create national contact points providing information, assistance and advice so that EU migrant workers, and employers, are better informed about their rights; provide appropriate means of redress at national level; allow labour unions, NGOs and other organisations to launch administrative or judicial procedures on behalf of individual workers in cases of discrimination; and give better information for EU migrant workers and employers in general.

Moreover, independently of this proposal, the Commission highlighted that, as guardian of the Treaty, it will also continue to pursue infringement procedures where necessary against member states in cases where national law is not in line with the Treaty and the Regulation. The Commission also pointed out that labour mobility in the EU benefits not only the workers involved but also the member states' economies.